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WSPA condemns Japanese whaling fleets

Dec 5, 2007

Humpback breaching

The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has condemned the Japanese fleets setting off for another season of cruel whale killing.

For the first time since the 1960s, humpback whales will be hunted commercially.

A WSPA spokesperson said:

"It is clear that people all over the world are distressed about the killing of whales and the attempt to call it ‘scientific research‘ is a highly dubious excuse for harming such magnificent and intelligent mammals.

"We must never forget that whaling causes slow and painful deaths. The whales are struck by explosive harpoons and can take over an hour to die.

"WSPA believes that the hunger to kill whales is being replaced by a hunger to understand and protect them in their natural environment.

"We should be protecting these animals and encouraging a sustainable industry in whale watching."

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A minke whale, copyright Matt Curnock